Agri-business for Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P), branded as Katalyst is a market development project, implemented by Swisscontact in Bangladesh. Since 2002, the project has been working to increase the income of poor men and women in rural areas of Bangladesh.
Currently, the project is in its Phase 3, which started from March 2014 and continues till March 2018. Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project sustained from 2002 to 2013.
During 2017-2018, Katalyst is mainly focusing to consolidate and anchor the project's learning and experiences with key public and private institutions in Bangladesh.
Katalyst is co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the UK Government, and the Danish International Development Agency (Danida). The project operates under the umbrella of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh.
By March 2017, 4.69 million SMEs and farmers in Bangladesh had benefited from an income increase of USD 689 million.
In 2014, Katalyst won the OECD Development Assistance Committee first prize for Taking Innovation to Scale for facilitating the introduction of mini-packets of affordable, branded, quality seed to the Bangladesh market.
Systemic change takes place when a market system sustainably and irreversibly changes to include and benefit small and poor farmers, providing them with access to quality inputs, products, services and information.